For several years now, the Maine Coon has been at the top of the ranking of cats preferred by the French . And for good reason, this feline, considered to be the largest cat in the world, is the ideal cat. Not only does he have a golden temperament but in addition his atypical physique distinguishes him from other cats. But what exactly are its physical features? Here are some tips for being able to recognize a Maine Coon cat for sure!
1. The head
To find out if a cat is a real Maine Coon, the first thing to look at is its head. His cheekbones must be particularly marked, his muzzle must be square , his eyes large and oval and his chin pronounced.
As for his ears, they are large, wide and straight on his head. They are also bushy inside since you can see hairs coming out. Sometimes it is even possible to notice the presence of tufts of hair (called plumes) on the top of his ears, like a lynx.
2. The body
The Maine Coon has a particularly muscular body, rectangular in shape , with a large chest and large legs. This large cat can even measure up to 1 meter long . It’s very simple, when you see a Maine Coon, you are immediately struck by its disproportionate size. You will find on this subject a complete description of the Maine Coon on The world of cats .
If a Maine Coon can reach the weight of a medium-sized dog, it is because the breed develops particularly slowly. Indeed, this cat does not reach its adult size before the age of 2 to 5 years , against 1 to 2 years on average for other cats.
3. The coat
The Maine Coon is a medium-haired cat . Its fur is relatively short on the front legs and shoulders, but gradually becomes longer on the back, flanks and especially the belly. The bushiest places on his body are his tail, his paws (especially between his fingers) and his neck, which has a collar . Almost all colors are accepted.
In addition to being sublime, soft and silky, its fur is also an excellent protection against the cold . Indeed, it allows the Maine Coon to easily resist bad weather, especially since it has the advantage of being waterproof .
4. The temperament
The personality of the Maine Coon is easily recognizable, even if everything obviously depends on the environment in which the cat evolves. However, Maine Coons tend to behave like “dogs” .
And for good reason, they are playful, sociable, docile, affectionate and can even be educated. They are also known to play “fetch” or to run to the door to greet their owner when he returns home. Maine Coons are also one of those cats who love water and have the peculiarity of cooing instead of meowing!
5. The price
If you plan to adopt a Maine Coon, only knowing that he has a LOOF pedigree can assure you that he is purebred. But the price can also be a good indication. Indeed, the price of a Maine Coon generally varies between 450 and 1700 euros . However, the average price is 1100 euros.
Good to know : a LOOF pedigree is in fact a document which presents the family tree of the cat. His ancestors are all listed there, over several generations, which allows him to know exactly his origins and therefore to give him the status of “purebred cat”.